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Smallpox A013

Last amended 
14 November 2016
Current RMA Instruments
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
89 of 2016
Balance of Probabilities SOP
90 of 2016
Changes from previous Instruments

SOP bulletin 193

ICD Coding:
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 050
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: B03
Brief description

Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.  The last known case was in 1977.  The virus is held only in two secure laboratories in the USA and Russia. 

Confirming the diagnosis

Diagnosis of this condition should not be made unless the disease somehow re-emerges (accident, bio-terrorism).  Laboratory evidence of infection with variola virus would then be required for confirmation.  Any historic cases, other than for death from smallpox, should be diagnosed as smallpox-resolved, or no incapacity found.

Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Nil